All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Conwys is O Conbhuidhe or O Connmhachain. The former of these names likely comes from the Gaelic word "condmach," while the latter probably comes from "cu buidhe." Conway is also an Anglicization of the names Mac Conmheadha or Mac Connmhaigh.
Early Origins of the O'Conwys family
The surname O'Conwys was first found in Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, and Connacht.
Early History of the O'Conwys family
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O'Conwys Spelling Variations
The spelling of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations
such as Conway, Conboy, Convey, O'Conway, McConway and others.
Early Notables of the O'Conwys family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Edward Conway, 1st Viscount Conway PC
(1564-1631), an English soldier and statesman, Secretary of State in 1623, Lord President of the Council (1628-1631); his son, Edward Conway, 2nd Viscount Conway PC
(1594-1655), an English politician, military commander and peer; and his son, Edward... Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Conwys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Conwys family to the New World and Oceana
Many destitute Irish families
in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of O'Conwys were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists: Edwin Conway of Worcestershire
, who settled in the year 1645 in Virginia. From him was descended Mary Ball, the mother of George Washington.
The O'Conwys Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fide et amore
Motto Translation: By fidelity and love.